How to {Easily} Fix Veneer!

Have you ever found the perfect piece of furniture only to discover part of it is chipped or missing? Oh, the let down, sheer joy to utter disappointment in seconds!

I have great news; my friend Jerra gave me the skinny on how to easily fix veneer on any piece.

How to Fix Veneer

Start with a beautiful piece full of potential!

Before Dresser

Notice the missing veneer? UGH! Don’t worry, you can fix it!

Missing Veneer Co

Step #1: Clean furniture thoroughly with Murphy’s Oil Soap. (In my experience this works the best).

Clean Furniture

Purchase Iron-On Veneer Edging (you can order it from Amazon by following the link).

Veneer Edging

Step #2: Using a razor cut the area you want to fill into a easy shape such as a square or rectangle. This will make it easier to cut the veneer and put it into place.

Cut an even area

TIP: Remove Old Veneer by pulling up with razor blade. If this is becoming difficult, use a damp wash-cloth and hold a hot iron on the area for about 8 seconds, and glue will begin to soften and become easier for veneer to be removed.

Step #3:  Trace the size of the area to be filled, and cut an exact size with a scissors from your Veneer Edging Roll.

Cut Veneer

Step #4: Place piece of new veneer.

Place Veneer

Step #5: After putting veneer in place, cut the access off to fit.

Cut Access

Step #6: Using a hot iron, with a piece of foil in between – adhere the new edging to the dresser. Takes about 8 seconds and the glue will melt on the back of the new veneer and adhere firmly.

Iron On Veneer

Cut excess in veneer

Step #7: After adhering the new veneer, apply wood filler to all 4 sides of new shape, allow to sit for 15 minutes and come back and sand smooth.

 TIP: If veneer thickness is not the same, apply more wood filler to the entire top of the replacement veneer to build it up a bit. Allow to sit, and then come back and sand smooth.
Step #8: Apply primer to piece to allow good adhesion of paint and provide an extra layer to smooth out ridges.


Step#9: Allow filler to completely dry and lightly sand.

Lightly Sand

Step #10: Paint over your entire piece and enjoy the fact that the missing veneer is repaired and no one will ever notice!


Jerra painted this piece with Annie Sloan Old Ochre and Duck Egg and finished it with Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Wax. It’s simply GORGEOUS and the fix only cost about $5!

Love you more than having talented friends!


Me and Jerra

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  1. great tutorial. I have my great grandmother’s childhood dresser and I’ve been afraid to tackle the chipped topped until now. you make it look do-able. thanks again.

  2. Great tutorial! I have a kitchen table I was going to refinish that has missing veneer. Now I know what to do about that! And I LOVE the light green you painted on the top. Beautiful! Bookmarking this page.

  3. What a beautiful transformation and such great tips on how to fix veneer. Pinned this! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Thanks for the tip! I found this pinned on Pinterest and wanted to come take a look to store the process in my brain. Ha ha. Love the choice of paints for the finished piece.

  5. This looks totally doable to me! Have you ever tried using a two part epoxy that you can build up and shape/sand etc? I was just wondering which is better or easier as I’ve never tried to repair veneer with veneer but I use the epoxy all of the time and find it very easy to do…?..

  6. Thanks for the tutorial. This would be much quicker than stripping off all the loose veneer before painting. I’m a new follower. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs

  7. Carrie Lea says:

    I just wanted to say thank-you for posting how to fix veneer. I didn’t know about veneer edging so I would save every little piece that came off my antiques hoping to someday figure out how to glue them back on. I just tried it and it worked. Yeah!

    • Thank you Carrie – I love finding a trick that works! I just spent the last 2 days taking veneer off and entire buffet top – not a fun job, but it was too much to try to fix. Have a great day!

  8. I totally needed this tutorial. This has been the decision-maker for so many pieces of furniture that I wanted to buy but didn’t. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I wonder if you can do similar when you want to keep the piece stained, rather than painted.
    I think there would be no way to keep the fix from showing but I am curious to know if you have a work-around for that. Maybe it’s worth doing a fix and then staining the piece darker, where it would be less likely to show.

    • Hi Alina! Yes, you can totally stain it after you take the verneer off. I tried not to make gouges as I tried my hand at removing veneer on a buffet. I ended up soaking the veneer (check Pinterest for how) and that helped. After getting the veneer off – there was little pieces and left over glue on the top, I used a hand held power sander to sand it down and smooth. I only had to fix a couple gouges so I used stainable wood filler – make sure to get the already tinted kind. Then I stained it and it turned out GREAT. I’m not completely finished so I don’t have a picture yet! Thanks so much for visiting!


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